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Curry, Michelle; Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
Entering jail is an assault on the senses. While volunteers and inmates might share visceral experiences of entering the institution, to enter "into" jail is not the same as being "in" jail. To be "in" is to be monitored--watched and listened to without exception or reprieve. To be in jail is to follow unwritten laws…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Writing (Composition), Writing Workshops
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Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2016
This essay argues that while fostering individual and collaborative literacy can indeed promote self-awareness, confidence, and political awareness, the threat of emotional and material retribution is ever-present in jail, making the development of infrastructure challenging. Such reality compels engaged teacher-researchers to develop tactical…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Compliance (Psychology), Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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Ryder, Phyllis Mentzell – Community Literacy Journal, 2016
This essay considers the difficulty of seeing systems of oppression--a challenging first step of writing for social change. I argue that service-learning faculty and public writing scholars have relied on outdated ways of thinking about racism and oppression, treating social issues as isolated instances of discrimination. Instead, by drawing from…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Social Bias, Racial Bias, Social Change
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Toso, Erec – Community Literacy Journal, 2016
While the social, political, economic, educational, and cultural consequences of high rates of incarceration have been well documented, the social psychological dynamics have not received as much discussion. I offer here a first person narrative reflection on the connections between a writing workshops and raising social awareness of the realities…
Descriptors: Workshops, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Personal Narratives
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Coogan, David – Community Literacy Journal, 2014
Rhetorical theorists have argued that agency is a communal experience, but material conditions in jail "and" society often prevent prisoners and college students from experiencing it in meaningful ways that embrace difference. Challenging those conditions by bringing both groups together in a writing workshop enables everyone to resist…
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, College Students, Barriers
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Plemons, Anna – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
Considering the situated complexities and competing interest of exploitation and hope inherent in community literacy work, this article examines the ways that the Community Arts Program (CAP) at California State Prison-Sacramento complicates and also reifies archetypal grand literacy narratives and considers the place of such narratives within a…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Art Activities, Community Programs
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Licona, Adela C.; Gonzales, J. Sarah – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
This article highlights Education/Connection/Action (ECA), a locally developed community pedagogy deployed at a youth activism summer camp that served as a site for a community/academic teaching and research collaboration. Youth considered connections between a set of issues, including a local ban on Ethnic Studies, the School-to-Prison Pipeline,…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Summer Programs, Activism, Literacy
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Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2008
This essay explores the intersection between writing studies and civic engagement through the action projects developed in E465: Prison Literature and Writing. Such literacy activism creates immediate opportunities for advanced undergraduates to more fully understand the work of literacy in contested spaces like jail and extends a call to action…
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction, Institutionalized Persons
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Carter, Shannon – Community Literacy Journal, 2008
This article analyzes one prison literacy program in Texas that trains inmate participants to teach other men and women, likewise incarcerated and often dyslexic, to read and write in English. Noting the regular recurrence of the words "repair" and "hope" in participants' descriptions of HOPE and associated activities, the…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Tutoring